Diary: Let's Do Lunch - Hakkasan

Reviewed by Tony Mulliken, chairman, Midas Public Relations.

Hakkasan might sound like a sneeze but it's probably one of the best trendy restaurants and is still being discovered and talked about.

Used by Hugh Grant in About a Boy to impress a girl, this restaurant rings all the right client and journalist lunch bells: smart, sophisticated, stylish and well hidden (tucked away, deep beneath Tottenham Court Road) with a great bar and lounge.

How often do you get to have prawn toast and crispy seaweed, alongside a crispy duck and spring onion roll with hoi sin sauce, at a business lunch and not feel guilty? The noodles and chicken with satay sauce can be mixed with superb dim sum in a way that makes you feel guilty passing the cost of the journalist lunch on to your client - well, not that guilty.

The wine and cocktail list is excellent but there seems to be nothing better to accompany this food than a cold Japanese beer.

Hakkasan has a Michelin star, a rarity for this style of food. When East meets West it is not often a case of where eats meets best, but this restaurant never fails to succeed. The ambient music is very laid back and the staff, who are immaculately dressed, drift between tables unobtrusively.

It's also the sort of place you want to come back to after work for a quick drink at the great bar.

Where: 8 Hanway Place, London, W1P 9DH

Contact: 020 7927 7000

How much: £60 a head with wine

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